Sacrament of Baptism
Celebrated after the 11:30 AM Mass on Sundays. Arrangements must be made in advance at the Rectory. If parents have not attended a Baptism class at St. Margaret, they must attend the Baptism Preparation Seminar (Pre Jordan). Pre-registration is required. One godparent must be Catholic. They must be: at least 16 years of age, registered in the parish where they live, fully initiated into the Church, and actively practicing their faith. Also, they must obtain a letter of eligibility from their own parish. One baptized non-Catholic (never baptized Catholic) Christian who is practicing their faith may also be admitted as a Christian Witness along with a Catholic godparent.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Couples who wish to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony should contact the parish priest at their earliest convenience, but no less than six months prior to the intended date. Participating in a Marriage Preparation Program is required.
Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana)
Engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony can now register at PhillyCatholicMarriagePrep.com. Questions can be communicated by both phone and email. 610-873-2017, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions are available Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7:45 – 7:55 AM, Saturdays from 4:00 – 4:45 PM, Sundays before the 7:30 AM Mass, and anytime by appointment. Contact Msgr. Dougherty at email@example.com or at extension x112 to schedule an appointment.
Anointing of Sick
For serious illnesses, please contact the rectory at 610-664-3770 x110
Communion calls are offered on Sundays and are usually delivered by Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Parishioners who are unable to attend Mass regularly should call the Rectory to make arrangements for Communion at home.
Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion participate in the regional ministries program at Lankenau Hospital on the first Sunday of every month. As time permits, visits will be made to our parishioners in other hospitals. If any member of your family is hospitalized please notify the rectory so that a visit can be arranged.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The process whereby baptized and unbaptized adults, who consciously and freely seek full participating membership in the Roman Catholic Church, become fully initiated. The year-long formation includes: a period of inquiry, the Rite of Acceptance, the Rite of the Elect, celebration of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), and a period for mystagogy. The initiation of adults is a gradual process which is meant to include the entire parish community. Adult Catholics who have already been initiated into the Church, but want to grow in their knowledge of the faith, are also welcome to attend the weekly sessions. Contact the Pastor at 610-664-3770 X12.
Any child age of 7 or older, who has not been baptized, follows the adult schedule for the sacraments of initiation. Saint Margaret Parish provides the sacramental preparation for children of catechetical age who have not celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation. For further information, please contact the Religious Education Office 610-664-3770 X16.
Requests for Eligibility Certificates
The role of a sponsor is primarily a spiritual role. The sponsor is to model for the child a Christian life. Any parishioner requesting an eligibility certificate must be a registered, active member of St. Margaret Parish, a practicing Catholic in good standing, at least 16 years of age and have received the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). Please call the rectory for an appointment.